COVID SCIENCE-Statins may help older coronavirus patients avoid symptoms; COVID-19 more than respiratory illness - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Results from a small study suggest statins may be associated with substantially fewer symptoms in older, frail COVID-19 patients, as reported in This is Money.

  • The trial, reported on Friday on the medRxiv website, has not yet been peer-reviewed.

  • Among 154 coronavirus patients at two nursing homes, those who took a statin, such as Lipitor, were nearly three times more likely to be free of symptoms during their infection than those who did not, researchers in Belgium found.

  • There was also slight trend toward lower risks for lengthy hospital stays and death that was not statistically significant.

  • "In the current absence of other valuable therapies and considering the benefit-risk balance, an older person living in a nursing home could consider taking a statin if at high COVID-19 infection risk," the authors said.

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